The Toronto Raptors play game 2 of their 5 game Western Conference road trip tonight as they take on the undefeated Golden State Warriors.
(7-4) Toronto Raptors @ (11-0) Golden State Warriors
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – DeMarre Carroll PF – Luis Scola
Golden State – PG – Stephen Curry SG – Klay Thompson C – Festus Ezeli SF – Harrison Barnes PF – Draymond Green
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 21.1 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 9.7 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.6
Golden State – PPG – Stephen Curry 33.4 RPG – Draymond Green 7.9 APG – Draymond Green 7.1
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 102.0 (11th) PA – 97.1 (7th)
Golden State – PF – 114.1 (1st) PA – 97.8 (9th)
The Toronto Raptors had their brief 2 game winning streak snapped with a 107-101 defeat at the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. Starting shooting guard DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 24 points. He also had 5 assists, 5 steals, and 4 rebounds. He shot 9 of 22 from the field and 6 of 8 from the free throw line. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry poured in 22 points. He also had 7 assists, 4 steals, and 2 rebounds. He was 8 of 19 from the field and 6 of 12 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward DeMarre Carroll contributed with 17 points and 4 rebounds. He was 6 of 13 from the field, 1 of 2 from the free throw line, and 4 of 9 from the 3 point line. Backup point guard Cory Joseph chipped in with 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. He shot 8 of 10 from the field and 1 of 1 from the 3 point line. Backup power forward Patrick Patterson notched 9 points and 4 rebounds. He was 3 of 5 from the field and 3 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas produced 4 points and 4 rebounds. He shot 2 of 9 from the field. The team shot 43.7% from the field, 71.4% from the free throw line, and 48.4% from the 3 point line. They made 15 shots from beyond the arc in the game. They were out-rebounded 42-36. They turned the ball over 15 times. They forced the Kings in to 19 turnovers. They finished with 13 steals. They allowed the Kings to score 52 points in the paint. They took a 3 point lead in to the 4th quarter but were outscored 28-19 in the final period. Tonight is their 8th road game of the season. They are 4-3 on the road thus far. Tonight is the 1st game of a back to back. Tomorrow night they play at the Utah Jazz.
The Golden State Warriors continued their undefeated ways as they held on for a 107-99 overtime home win versus the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. Starting point guard Stephen Curry led the way with 34 points. He also had 6 assists and 3 rebounds. He shot 13 of 31 from the field, 3 of 3 from the free throw line, and 5 of 16 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Draymond Green tallied a triple-double as he scored 16 points, dished out 12 assists, and pulled down 10 rebounds. He also had 4 blocks and 2 steals. He was 7 of 18 from the field and 2 of 7 from the 3 point line. Backup shooting guard Andre Iguodala poured in 15 points off the bench. He also had 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. He shot 6 of 12 from the field and 3 of 6 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward Harrison Barnes chipped in with 13 points and 3 rebounds. He was 4 of 8 from the field and 5 of 5 from the free throw line. Backup center Andrew Bogut came off to notch a double-double as he scored 10 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. He also had 4 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. He was 5 of 7 from the field. Starting shooting guard Brandon Rush had 8 points and 4 rebounds. He was 3 of 5 from the field and 2 of 4 from the 3 point line. The team shot 44.3% from the field, 90% from the free throw line, and 35.3% from the 3 point line. They only attempted 10 free throws. They made 12 shots from beyond the arc. They out-rebounded the Nets 50-39. They scored 27 fast break points and allowed the Nets to score 20 fast break points. At the end of the 1st quarter they were down 36-21 but outscored their opposition by 13 in the 2nd quarter. They trailed by 7 points going to the 4th but outscored the Nets 27-20 to force the overtime period. Tonight is their 7th home game of the season. They are 6-0 at home thus far. After tonight they go on the road for 10 of their next 13 games. Their next game is Thursday at the Los Angeles Clippers.
Last season Golden State was victorious in both meetings with Toronto. On January 22nd 2015 the Warriors cruised to a 126-105 home win. On February 27th 2015 the Warriors had an easy time on the road as they were victorious 113-89.
The Warriors had a scare from the Nets in their last outing and something tells me the Raptors will at least give them a game tonight and make them sweat a little.
Take the Raptors +10 (1.90) (Bet365)
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